OPN Reading Group: Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

OPN Reading Group on Shoshana Zuboff’s Surveillance Capitalism


‘Everyone needs to read this book as an act of digital self-defense.’ – Naomi Klein, Author of No Logo, the Shock Doctrine, This Changes Everything and No is Not Enough


Shoshana Zuboff’s new book, Surveillance Capitalism, is being touted as the book that illuminates our current moment of history better than any other. If you want to understand how Big Data is shaping our present and future, Zuboff’s book is essential reading.


The format of the reading group is as follows:



  • We will meet once a month to discuss a section of the book

  • One week before the meetup, we will upload a summary of this month’s section to openphilosophy.be

  • Each session will begin with somebody presenting a summary of the section and discussion questions

  • We will then have an open-ended discussion


We’re looking forward to diving into this book and unravelling it with a mixture of philosophers, tech enthusiasts, and whoever else is interested. Obviously, the best way to participate is to read the assigned section, but you are welcome to come along even if you didn’t get time to finish the reading.


For the 1st meeting of the reading group on March 6th, we will begin with a shorter piece than usual.


We will read the Introduction to Surveillance Capitalism: p.3 – 24


As additional, optional material, you may also check Zuboff’s article from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in English)


For more information, contact Daniel at dleufer -at- gmail.com

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